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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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96
world-class

1,639 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,639
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 340
Gots: 521 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of Brandy Barrel Angel's Share and Bourbon Barrel Serpent's Stout.

ABV varies by batch.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Exiled, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

JMRSN, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

s1ckboy, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 year old bottle poured into brandy snifter at about 50 degrees.

Deep, deep brown to black body with just a thin film that fades to a tiny ring.

Aromas include plenty of sweet apple brandy. Oak barrel, burgundy wine, chocolate bar, and cherry juice battle for second place.

The vinous qualities kick in a little stronger on the flavor (almost plum like) along with the oak-aged bourbon. Black strap molasses firmly in the middle. The afterglow has plenty of rich chocolate, roasted malt, and some heat on the throat.

Mouthfeel is thick and slick. Just a hint of carbonation. Sticky finish.

You know what you're getting into with this one, and it doesn't disappoint.

BeerImmediately, Nov 07, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has been aging for more than 1 year, poured into Lost Abbey Tulip glass.

Appearance: Black, subtle tan head that fades immediately. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Chocolate is very prevalent and up front. Bourbon, brandy and woody notes come through as it warms. Also get lots of vanilla in this one.

Taste: Chocolate, bourbon and brandy are subtle, oak, malty in the middle, bitter finish, sweet, vanilla, a little coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation, silky, smooth, alcohol is well hidden particularly for such a big beer.

Overall: This beer definitely improved with age. It is very smooth and perfectly balanced.

phichifiji00, Nov 01, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to pete (pdiddy3d) for sharing this at our last tasting!

i believe pete mentioned this had about 1 year of age on it. 375ml corked and caged bottle around fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a very deep, dark reddish brown color, almost black. decent clarity. just a thin light tan ring of head.

the bourbon and apple brandy stick out so much, smells great. also some vanilla barrel qualities, a rich caramel malt and some dark fruits. a bit of alcohol.

follows the aroma. some really nice bourbon and apple brandy flavors with just the right amount of alcohol, big, but nothing solvent like or anything. also some nice vanilla, maple syrup, dark fruits, a bit of raisin and fig.

thick, syrupy and delicious. really coats every part of your mouth. big, full bodied. a really low amount of carbonation which compliments this beer just right.

what a solid beer, id definatly seek this out if youve never had it. very similar to HotD's matt. the bourbon and apple brandy barrels really make up this beer.

dogfishandi, Oct 23, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deliverance, bottle bought at Nejaime's Wine Cellar in Lenox, MA, for a good $17.95. I saw many Lost Abbey beers during my time in Illinois (had a horrible bottle of '09 Brandy Angel's Share and enjoyed an alright-but-tedious Lost&Found, plus Serpent Stout on tap), but this was a new one for me.

Appearance: Poured in a plastic cup at a cheap motel in the Berkshires, Deliverance comes black and then some (it was after midnight with dim light and a wintry chill). You would think it's either coffee or cola. One-finger mocha-colored head that remains throughout. Beautiful retention and lacing.

Smell: Coffee, cola, liquorice, vanilla, wood, char. Caramel. Autumn. A beautiful, evocative beer. Perfect for this chilly fall weather in the mountains.

Taste: Yum! Now we are FINALLY talking, Lost Abbey! As the saying goes, "I could drink this all day". A perfect mixture of sweet and savory, with some booze to measure. Raisins, vanilla, toffee, bubblegum. Some smoke and country ham, distant. Chocolate, more cola at the end.

Mouthfeel: Just about perfect carbonation, almost full body (could use a tad more, though) and great balance. Nicely hot and boozy at the end, with a sticky finish that stays in the lips.

Overall: This drinks phenomenal. So delicious, balanced, engaging. A sipper or a chugger, but no trace of 12.5%.

My fourth Lost Abbey and the first truly great one. Worth the price? Almost. I'll buy it again if I see it.

DoubleSimcoe, Oct 17, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with no head at all.
Smells sweet and a touch fruity. Great aroma. You can get the bourbon as well as brandy. Sweet, rich, chocolatey. Love it!
Tastes similar but not that great. I'm enjoying it but it's not a combinatio of flavours that thrills me. Carbonation level is good. Overall interspersing and enjoyable but not thrilling

Urbancaver, Oct 10, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, brown and muddy in the glass. No head develops on the pour, just thin wisps of tan on the surface and a thin rim of tan bubbles at the edge of the glass. Doesn't look like much, but all can be forgiven if the flavor delivers.

Deliverance begins to make amends with the smell: thick molasses and toffee, complemented with a sweet bourbon scent that doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. Really can't ask for more for your nose.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, which would be fine, except there is virtually no carbonation to give the back of your throat a break. With repeated sips, the thickness builds and detracts from what we used to call "drinkability."

Notwithstanding the mouthfeel issue, this is a pretty tasty beer. Lots of dark fruit: fig, plum and bourbon soaked cherries. Toffee and milk chocolate are in there as well with just a bit of char. The finish has more of an alcohol bite than I'd like, especially given how smooth the flavor is right up until the end.

In sum, if it weren't for the carbonation issue, this would be an extraordinary beer. As is, it is still solidly above average and worth a try.

chicagobeerriot, Sep 25, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been in the cellar for 11months now and I’ve been craving something that will ‘wow me’ so I think it’s about time I pop the cork on this baby. Poured into a Stone Old Guardian goblet.
Nice head retention relative to the style and the color of the head is a delicious looking chocolate/mocha. Dark in color with hues of brownish-red when held to the light.
The nose is simply heavenly. Essence of barrel aging right up front and in your face. Detecting much more of the Angel’s Share than the Serpent. Oak, spirits, dried sweetened prunes, woody vanilla, chocolate, toffee. Taste follows the nose.
Creamy with great body and gentle warmth. An ever-so-slight coffee dryness that lingers on the palate between sips.
What a treat. Wish I had more. Like… a lot more! I’m gonna go ahead and say this is in my top 5 all-time. Worth every high-priced penny.

JamesMcPolin, Sep 15, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark inky, thick

Aroma: dark fruits, hint of chocolate, figs lot of layers going on here

Taste: figs, dark fruits, kiss of bourbon, abv comes through but in a good way

Mouthfeel: light carbonation heavy body chewy

Nice beer. Really great beer to end the night with. A nice sipper with a lot of flavor going on here.
Cheers

Cmack15, Sep 10, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this as an extra from the generous pittsburghkid66. Thank you, Roland!

This is a very dark beer. Black, in fact, with a dense, brown head that falls off to a thin disk, leaving minimal lacing. On par for the style, IMO. The nose is rather wonderful. I didn't get to try this fresh, but this doesn't smell hot or brash like early reviewers mentioned. The brandy vinous character is noticeable, lending a fruity, grape-like sweetness to the nose, along with all the things that make Angel's Share one of the greatest beers ever - the malt character is mild nutty, mildly fruity, mildly toffee-like. The bourbon barrel isn't as prominent, with a mild fleshy coconut character and some vanilla present. A little bit of chocolate is noticeable as well. This is *excellent*

The palate opens with some heat with a blend of brandy and bourbon, fruity, vinous and with some coconut from the barrels. Along with that, there's a blend of complex malt flavors - a little bit of chocolate, some roasted malt bitterness (which does help temper the barrel sweetness). The malt from the Angel's Share is hidden behind the prominent barrel character, but is still noticeable. Moderately drying on the finish, this beer finishes long with vanilla and flavors of brandy barrel tartness (NOT sourness) that's more akin to a pomace tannins and a mild vinous character. Medium in body and *perfectly* carbonated, there's a soft, lush carbonation that helps the beer slide gracefully down my gullet. Recommended, despite the high price.

DefenCorps, Aug 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black with 1/4 inch tan head and no retention

Smell: Very bourbon forward and not too much else on the nose the bourbon is overpowering

Taste: Again bourbon right up with a huge malt character it finishes with traces of chocolate and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Full body with medium carbonation

Overall: Really good beer with great flavors. Highly recommended very enjoyable beer

DarthKostrizer, Aug 15, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coffee colored brown with a nice one inch tan head

Smell- caramel sweetness, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and some oak

Taste- very complex taste. I get angel share up front and the serpent stout in the end. Caramel sweetness from the angel share and tons of chocolate from the serpent stout. Bourbon plays a role throughout the taste character.

Overall- possibly my favorite beer from lost abbey and the complexity to this one is phenomenal.

badboyrsl84, Aug 13, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers on lost abbey night

appearance: served in an unbranded snifter - very dark, bordering on ebony. light chocolate ring with ok lacing.

smell: big big aroma - bourbon, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak

taste: dueling barrels (bourbon, brandy) lead to a high potency. Very rich - dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, oak, toffee and caramel, big roasty body. Potent and complex - the rarity tastes great.

mouthfeel: rich and full

overall: great

dirtylou, Aug 11, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Nashvillain for this nice birthday surprise! Poured into stemless wine glass...

A- Cork popped off, whew!... I was glad to see that. Pours pitch black with a cm of dark mocha head. Settles to a film quickly.

S- Dancing plethora of aromas in my nose. Bourbon, licorice, fig, alcohol, roast, vanilla and caramel! Very sweet and big...

T/M- A ton of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Very sweet and complete! I get the roast from Serpents and I get the big sweet Angels Share. Beautifully perfect blend! The brandy is a bit hidden behind all the other flavors. Heavy, but not extremely tasking to get through the palate. Smooth, slick, wonderful feel.

O- This beer is too delicious, I feel like I just did something illegal by drinking this.

TheGordianKnot, Aug 08, 2011
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4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The cork popped and I instantly knew everything was gonna be ok. The dark velvet pours slowly into my stemless Chardonnay producing a light tan head that quickly gives way to the darkness.

The smell is amazing. Bourbon and dark fruits float up to the nose, with slight vinous notes and tons of oaky vanilla. A faint chocolate hiding behind the vanilla of the barrel. The brandy comes out as it warms, definitely worth the wait.

Taste is bourbon filled chocolate with an amazing vanilla note on the back end. A vine-like booze flavor jumps into the rink as the beer warms. While it's warming, it's definitely not bad, it would be incredibly amazing in the winter but I can't fault it even in the summer.

Overall I have to say that this is most certainly one of the best beers I've had. I limit most of my reviews to beers that are unique or unusually good or bad, but I have to say that this brew is phenomenal. This is easily in my top 5, I would definitely take one over KBS any day.

Nashvillain, Aug 04, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. Pours a dark brown that is on the verge of black with a tiny brown head that disappears very quickly. Scent is packed with inviting bourbon aromas, lovely malt aromas, and delicious dark fruits. Dark chocolate and toffee as well. Taste is absolutely amazing. Initially I get dark chocolate and dark fruit flavors immediately followed by bourbon and vanilla oak. Nice alcohol burn as well. Mouthfeel is EXTREMELY creamy with very light carbonation. Somewhat of a syrupy finish. Drinkability is fairly high...It is delicious, but definitely a sipper. Overall, this is an awesome beer from Lost Abbey that I would gladly purchase again.

DovaliHops, Aug 03, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these from a few different BA's. Poured 375ml into snifter.

A- No pop when the cork is pulled here. Pours black in color. No carbonation or head at all. Some khaki lace tries to cling to the edges, but fails quickly.

S- Wow, big notes of oaky, earthy bourbon to the nose. Overtakes much of the other aromas coming from it. Has a thick malty smell to it. A little intimidating.

T- Very powerful beer. Strong from start to finish. Get a lot of bourbon flavors with some nice oak taste right off the bat. Bourbon overtakes most of the other flavors here. No detection of any brandy barrel anywhere. As it warms the middle brings out some nice chocolate flavors. Roasted, oaky, earthy flavors underlie on the other flavors. Ends a little hot, especially as it warms. Each sip is powerful and full of flavors.

M- Full body doesn't do this justice. No carbonation here either. Surprisingly smoother than I would have thought.

O- Lots of flavors, all of them good too! Very powerful, big beer. The alcohol heat is the only drawback. Have to sip through this beer, but very enjoyable. Would like to see what happens to the flavors as this ages for a while.

HosP, Jul 30, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8-9 month old bottle

A: Success, we have carbonation. No small order when your talking anything related to angel's share. Pours a beautiful jet black color with a 1/2 inch brown head.

S: Great aromas here, notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses,espresso and chocolate cake. The nose is super rich and inviting.

T: Wow, so creamy and rich on the palate. I tend to prefer the bourbon barrel serpent stout over brandy barrel angel's share but the marriage of the two is just heavenly. Flavors of fresh baked double chocolate cookies, espresso, bread pudding, raisins, whipped cream, dates, coconut and a hint of blackberries. The flavors on this are damn near perfect, the slight roastiness balances out the sinful richness.

M: Ridiculously silky mouthfeel on this. Goes down so easy, and the added layer of depth from the oak really makes this beer hard to put down, you just want more and more.

O: Overall a phenomenal beer, very well balanced with little to nothing I would change.

nbree00, Jul 29, 2011
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,639 ratings.